Costa Mesa Council Candidates Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, and Colin McCarthy Make Their Case At Local Fundraiser
Posted by Greg Woodard on September 28, 2012
Last night, the “3Ms” as they’re called, current council members Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan, and council candidate Colin McCarthy, made their pitch for the upcoming November Costa Mesa City Council election at a fundraiser put on by Jeff Mathews (candidate for Costa Mesa Sanitary District) at Eurocar, a high-end car dealership in Costa Mesa. All three candidates made the argument that the city is at a crossroads regarding unsustainable city spending, and they pledged to make sure that city services and funds will exist not only for current residents, but for their children, as well.
The City of Costa Mesa was described as the “Wisconsin of the West” and OCGOP Chair, Scott Baugh, praised the work that Mensinger, Monahan, and council member Jim Righeimer had done in representing the residents of Costa Mesa, and stressed the need to continue to elect conservative candidates like the 3Ms to keep the progress moving forward.
Jim Righeimer emphasized the need to pass Measure V which would make Costa Mesa a charter city, and give it more flexibility in negotiating with city workers and allow it to outsource some city services, resulting in significant savings to the city and the residents.
The event rasied thousands of dollars for the candidates and Measure V, and was well-attended. Those in attendance included California Assembly members Tim Donnelly, Diane Harkey, Allan Mansoor, and Don Wagner. Local candidates Jim Fisler (Mesa Water District incumbent running for re-election) and Don Harper (running for Costa Mesa Sanitary District) also were in attendance. In addition, Irvine council member Jeff Lalloway, long-time party supporters Buck Johns and Judy Ware, as well as several party supporters attended.
Two other local candidates, Eric Bever (Costa Mesa Mayor running for Mesa Water District) and Ethan Temianka (Costa Mesa Parks & Rec. Commissioner running for Mesa Water District), were scheduled to attend but were unable to make it.